Mission: It is the mission of Jewish Child & Family Services to provide help, healing and caring services infused with Jewish values to strengthen lives in the community.
Results: JCFS is committed to tracking the progress of our clients as well as the quality of care we deliver. Some of the results we have seen this past year include: 92% of children in our Therapeutic Nursery improved how they relate with others; 92% of clients in our Counseling program reported that services met their needs; and 89% of families receiving Respite Services said that they feel more supported.
Target demographics: Children, adults and families, infants through older adults, living in the Chicago metropolitan area.
Geographic areas served: JCFS has 11 locations with offices in Downtown Chicago, West Rogers Park, Lombard, Arlington Heights, Prairie View, Northbrook, Skokie and Flossmoor.
Programs: Services include counseling, treatment for individuals with disabilities, respite care, special educational programs, and residential care for abused and neglected children.
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Years ago as a new mom living on a social service salary, I desperately needed affordable child care for my son so that I could continue to work full time. Family members on either side were out of town and no one was available for us to tap into. A colleague told me about a wonderful program that JCFS (than JCB) was running offering specialized home daycare to those who qualified at an amazing low cost weekly fee! I made a call, filled out some paperwork and after agreeing to seeing a counselor consistently to discuss early parenting challenges I might be encountering, my son was able to attend a nurturing, home day care environment 5 days a week for the next year and a half! That program was a blessing for me and my family and my child got such loving, consistent care there. I will always be grateful!
JCFS provides incredibly holistic services to their clients. Their attention to the individual needs of each family is incredible. it is rare to find professionals in the disability field that are not burnt out and continue to care so deeply and give great thought to the growing demands of all families. The staff also continue to make changes to their programming to reflect the evolving needs of families and the disability field. They work tirelessly, committed to serving families from all cultural and socio-econmic means.